Forest Berries Meringue Pie/Waldbeeren Meringue Kuchen

Happy weekend everyone!!

While growing up in Switzerland, we used to spend a lot of time in the forest. With family or with school. They have nicely looked after hiking trails. There is just something calming and peaceful about it. We would also often look for and find a lot of blueberries and strawberries! Now these are sweet memories:)

I’ve had a lot of raspberries and we are still picking some strawberries in our garden. We used to have blackberries but after getting hurt (scratched) a lot, we had enough and we dug the plant out…but I tell you that is a stubborn plant, it keeps on growing back…My brother in Switzerland has a thorn-less blackberry plant!!! That is the most amazing thing. Haven’t seen this here so far.

For this berry pie I used a mix of what I like to call forest berries (Waldbeeren): blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Deliciously melt in your mouth meringue filling! Totally worth trying out! Feel free to use your favorite pie crust recipe.

 

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Forest Berries Meringue Pie

Pie crust:

  • 200 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 g butter, cold, cut into very small pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 lemon, zest
  • 1 egg

-Mix together flour and salt, add butter and with a pastry blender or your hands mix until crumbly.

-Add lemon zest, honey and egg. Knead only until it holds together. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

-Preheat oven to 375F/190C

-Grease a 9-inch pie form. Roll out dough to fit form. Prick dough with a fork. For blind baking I cover bottom with parchment paper, then as a weight I pour some legumes like dry chickpeas over paper. Bake for about 10 minutes then remove paper with legumes and lower oven temperature to 350F/180C and finish bake until golden brown.

Meringue:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 150 g sugar (I used honey)
  • 500 g berries of your choice (I used blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)

-Beat egg whites with salt until peaks form, add half of the sugar, beat until shiny then add rest of sugar until stiff.

-Mix half of the meringue with the berries. Fill into baked pie crust. Then top with remaining meringue.

-Bake in 375F/190C oven for a few minutes until golden brown.

 

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Hiking in the Swiss Alps 2016

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Enjoy!

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

You can find me on Instagram: @littleswisslittlecanadian

 

 

 

Raspberry-Streusel-Muffins

Hello, happy weekend everyone!

I’m finally back with writing another recipe. I took a little break because my brother, with his family, were visiting for the last two weeks. The weather was pretty good, we went to Huron Lake for a swim, drove to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market, went Go-Kart driving and played mini-golf. Over the weekend we went to Niagara Falls, which is a three hour drive from home. They went now alone travelling to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto before they’ll fly back home to Switzerland on Monday.

Our garden is doing very well this year. For now we have a lot of beans, red beets, salad, zucchini, swiss chard and now the first potatoes! Raspberries are done for the season and the following recipe was one of the desserts we’ve made.

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Raspberry-Streusel-Muffins

Yields: 14

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g butter, soft
  • 175 g coconut sugar or regular sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 250 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150 ml buttermilk or non-dairy milk
  • 200 g raspberries, fresh or frozen

-Separate eggs. Whisk together butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla sugar and salt.

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-Whisk egg whites until stiff. Mix together flour and baking powder and fold in alternately with the milk and egg whites, to the butter mix. Gently fold in the raspberries (if using frozen berries you do not need to defrost them).

-Fill into prepared muffin forms, top with streusel if desired. Bake for about 35 minutes or until tester inserted comes out clean.

Tip: Streusel topping is optional but of course delicious! You can use about half or less of this streusel recipe: Peach-Crumble-Cake/ Pfirsich-Streuselkuchen

 

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Huron Lake

 

Niagara Falls:

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

You can find me on Instagram: @littleswisslittlecanadian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Custard mini tarts with mixed berries

Sometimes I just like to make mini desserts-they are just so cute and pretty. You can transform any regular size pie into mini tarts, of course it is a little bit more work, but it is totally worth it!

My family likes homemade pudding. I used to make it with regular milk and sugar but due to sensitivities I have to change recipes into dairy free versions. And I also like to stay away from refined sugar as much as possible. For the custard in this recipe I used coconut milk and honey to sweeten, and it turned out really great!

The tart shells are made with whole wheat flour. I definitely will try out some other flours, like spelt or kamut, in the future. They are healthy and easier to digest. I would love to hear what flours you use!!!

 

Tart shells

  • 1 1/2cup      whole wheat flour
  • 1/4cup         coconut oil, melted
  • 4tbsp           maple syrup
  • 1tsp              cinnamon
  • pinch           sea salt
  •                       water if mixture is to dry

-Mix ingredients and press into greased muffin tins. Bake at 350F/180C for about 10 minutes. Let cool in tins.

 

Coconut custard

  • 1 1/2 tins    coconut milk
  • 1/2cup        honey
  • 4tbsp          cornstarch
  • 1                   vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract

-In a medium saucepan add coconut milk, stir in cornstarch and honey. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer and whisk until thickens. Remove from heat. Pour in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool. Refrigerate for about an hour.

-Spoon custard into tart shells and top with mixed berries, or any fruit, and toasted coconut if desired.

 

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Enjoy!

 

 

Creamy Almond-Coconut-Banana Drink with mixed Berries

Sometimes we just feel like eating or drinking something sweet. My Family definitely has a sweet tooth, I am guilty of that as well. That is why I often make some healthier versions of sweet treats to enjoy. And then I think it is okay to enjoy a piece of cake or something, once in a while. You can call it a Smoothie or a Drink. It is great for breakfast or like we did, for dessert! Dairy free with Almondmilk and Coconutmilk. Flax oil is a great source of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Sunflowerseedbutter is rich in Iron, which I need to include in my diet as much as possible. Cinnamon and Turmeric are both anti-inflammatory and have many other healing properties.

  • 500ml   Almondmilk
  • 200ml   Coconutmilk
  • 2tbsp     Sunflowerseedbutter
  • 1tbsp     Flax oil
  • 1             Banana
  • 2tbsp     Maple Syrup
  • 1/2tsp    Cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp    Turmeric

-In a Blender mix everything until smooth.

  • 1cup      mixed frozen Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries)
  • 2tbsp    Maple Syrup
  • 2tbsp    Water

-In a small Saucepan bring Berries, Water and Maple Syrup to a Boil. Remove from heat and squash them with a fork. Let it cool.

-Divide Berries in 4 Glasses and fill up with Almond/Coconut mix.

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Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Quinoa-Almond-Porridge

We have been blessed with an exceptionally warm October. Beautiful Indian Summer! But now it looks like it is starting to stay on the colder side. I do not enjoy the colder temperatures and often need something to warm myself up from the inside. What better way of doing just so on a chilly morning, is to enjoy a bowl of warm Porridge served with Blackberry Sauce. Usually I would use Oats but I had some Quinoa flakes left and I really like Almonds or any Nuts, so I mixed those together and-I have to say-I love this Porridge!

Porridge

  • 1cup       Quinoa flakes
  • 1/2cup   Almonds, ground
  • 1cup       Water
  • 1cup       Almondmilk, unsweetened
  • 1 pinch  Sea Salt
  • 3tbsp     Maple Syrup
  •                 Cinnamon

Blackberry Sauce

  • 2cups    Blackberries, frozen
  • 2tbsp     Water
  • 2tbsp     Maple Syrup

In a medium Saucepan mix up Water, Almondmilk, Quinoa, Almonds, Sea Salt and Maple Syrup. Bring to a boil, stir and let Porridge simmer on low heat for about 10 Minutes while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in a sprinkle of Cinnamon.

In a small Saucepan bring Blackberries, Water and Maple Syrup to a boil, stir. Remove from heat.

Divide Porridge into 3 small bowls and serve with Blackberry Sauce.

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I find Porridge very filling, therefore the small serving size. You can always double the ingredients. Enjoy!